It appears that a decision of the Department of Labor is reinstalling the crossing guards union in Cranston, and once again, we the citizens are the last to hear about it. And not only us, but the city council as well was reportedly unaware that this decision had been handed down, and that the clock was ticking for when it would be final. The full .pdf of the 23-page decision is here. I’ll cut to the chase:
1) The Employer’s Motion to Amend its Answer to include an affirmative defense is hereby granted.
2) To the extent that the Employer still provides crossing guard services as a
service to its taxpayers, the Employer is hereby ordered to negotiate with the Union relative to the terms and conditions of employment for employees providing the bargaining unit work of Crossing Guard services for the upcoming school year.
This was decreed on 3/26/07, with 30 days in which parties could file a complaint. So that leaves 48 hours for the city to get that complaint in, and apparently the city council was just made aware of this last night. Hmmm. Do you think this issue could have been raised a little sooner? Don’t you think that after this was the headlining story of Steve Laffey’s claim to fame, that people would want to know that the crossing guards are back and we have to deal with the issue all over again?